Archive for the ‘Pet Memorial Jewelry’ Category

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11:42 16 September 2010

Pet Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are recommended to help keep plaque from building up on your pet’s teeth and turning into Gingivitis.  Pet teeth cleaning procedures are usually simple, effective and generally don’t take more than a few hours from the time you drop off your pet until you can pick him/her back up again.

Your pet will be given a short-term anesthesia while your Vet does an extensive oral exam and cleaning.  Every safety precaution will be taken before and during the anesthesia to ensure your pet’s well being.  Dental Radiographs (X-Rays) may also be taken to completely evaluate your pet’s oral health.  X-rays can detect abnormalities that cannot be seen under regular oral exams alone.  And in some cases they can detect a tooth that may need to be extracted because it is loose or because of infection.

Next your Vet will scale and polish your pet’s teeth.  He will use instruments that are very similiar to ones your dentist uses when you get your teeth cleaned.  He will remove plaque and calcium build up from your pet’s teeth called calculus.  To smooth out any scratches your pet may have, he may use a special tooth enamel polishing paste.  Then the application of anti-plaque substance such as flouride and a barrier sealant is also advised.  Much like our children today who have their healthy teeth sealed to avoid future dental problems.  It can help to strengthen teeth and well as decrease future plaque build up.

Pet Cremation Jewelry is a beautiful, personal way to pay tribute to your lost loved one and keep him/her close to your heart.

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9:27 10 September 2010

Grief VS. Depression

If you have suffered an intense loss, how will you know the difference between grieving and being depressed?  There is a difference between the two, and you need to watch for the warning signs to make sure you are not suffering from Clinical Depression.  Depression is a whole body disorder that can take over the way you think and feel.  Some of the symptoms of depression are:

1. A sad, anxious or “empty” feeling that won’t go away.  2. Loss of interest in thing  you used to enjoy.  3. Low energy, fatigue, or feeling “slowed down’.  4. Changes in your sleep patterns.  5. Loss of appetite, weight loss or weight gain.  6. Trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions.  7. Feeling of hopelessness and gloom.  8. Feelings of guilt or helplessness. 9. Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempt.  10.  Recurring aches and pains including headaches that don’t respond to treatment. 

If you have just suffered a loss, some of these may be a part of a normal grief reaction.  But is these feelings persist for weeks with no lifting of your mood, you may need to seek professional help. 

Pet Cremation Jewelry is a way for you to keep part of your lost loved one close to your heart.

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9:11 10 September 2010

Moving On After a Loss

Many of your well-meaning friends and family will tell you it’s time to “move on” after your loss.  Unfortunately listening to that type of advice may prevent you from grieving properly and talking openly about your loss.  Don’t worry about what others think, grieving is a very personal process and you are not grieving the wrong way.  There is no right or wrong way to grieve, it just takes time to heal.

It is very important that you don’t just “drop out of life” while you are grieving.  If you aren’t ready to “move on” then maybe consider the idea of just “keeping on” with life for now.  Sometimes you just need to remind yourself that you are doing the very best you can and that’s okay.  Don’t try to run away from you emotions, embrace them but don’t exclude yourself from doing things you like to do such as being with friends, exercising, hobby’s, reading or other activities. 

Going forward with your life doesn’t mean forgetting about the loved one you lost.  It doesn’t mean you don’t miss them just because you enjoy life again.  And how long it takes you to finish grieving is in no way tied to how much you loved your pet.  With time and the love and support from your family and friends, you will find ways to cope even with the deepest loss.

Pet Memorial Jewelry is designed to put a small amount of your pet’s ashes inside a piece of jewelry you can wear around your neck.  This is always done with the upmost respect to you lost loved one.  Many people find a lot of comfort in keeping a part of their companion animal close to their heart.

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3:20 9 March 2010

Honor the Memory

Leaf swirl locketTo properly memorialize our beloved companion animals, is to honor and acknowledge the important role they played in our lives.  It is to bring comfort to ourselves and others, and to help keep their love and presence in our hearts. 

There are many ways we can memorialize our pets.  We can write about them in a journal, or make a scrapbook  or photo album full of pictures of them and the things we did together.
We can plant a living memorial in their honor, even if it is only in the backyard.  We can have a meaningful memorial service, funeral or ritual – simple or elaborate in nature.  Or we can simply make a donation to a charitable animal organization in our pet’s name.

Each person, each family, will honor the life of their pet in theri own personal way.  One way to keep your lost loved one close to your heart is by putting your pet’s ashes in a beautiful piece of Pet Memorial Jewelry.

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2:02 23 February 2010

Planning a Pet Funeral

Ivory Steel Casket

If you have decided you would like to have a Pet Funeral or Remembrance Ceremony, here are some things you wish to consider:
1. Take some time to plan what you’d like to do.  Involve all family members including the children.  Invite others who loved the pet to help you.
2. Decide if you want to hold a funeral, a memorial service,  a graveside service, or all of them.
3. Given your religious beliefs, ask yourself if you want to include religious aspects in the service.
4. Try to make the service very personal.  Ask family members and friends to reminisce and recall what was special about your pet.
5. Decide where to hold the service, whether graveside or other.  Consider the time, who will speak and who you will invite.
6. If you are burying your beloved pet in a pet cemetery or crematory, decide if you want a pet viewing beforehand, and if you can hold the service there.
7. Ask other pet lovers what they may have done to honor their pet’s memories and ways you may want to adapt their ideas into your own.
Remember that it is normal and healthy to use a pet funeral or memorial service to express your sorrow, proclaim your love and bid a final farewell to such a cherished friend.  Use  Personalized Pet Memorials to add a special touch to your funeral and to say good-bye to your lost loved one.

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2:36 5 January 2010

Pet Loss and the Elderly II

Lighthouse UrnIf you know of an elderly person who is facing the loss of their beloved companion animal, here are some suggestions on how you can help.

1. Keep in mind that many seniors cannot afford costly diagnostic and treatment proceedures.  They may be forced to make life and death decisions for their sick or injured pet based on finances.  If you cannot help them financially, please be willing to give them extra support and understanding at this delicate time in their life.

2. Older Folks may be basing their decisions on outdated information or prior bad experiences they may have had with a pet death or euthanasia.  They made need encouragement to discuss their questions, concerns and options more openly with their Veterarian.  You may want to accompany them on this visit since they may need more time to process what is being said to them, especially if they are upset or hearing impared.  You may need to ask the Vet to speak slowly and clearly and repeat the information if necessary.  You may also want to write down the material that may be forgotten.

3. Seniors may express their grief differently than you do.  They may be more stoic and quiet in their grief and do not outwardly express it like younger generations.  They may also be a bit wiser and more “seasoned” to grieving, maybe better able to cope.  Rather than assuming that you know what is best for your elderly friend or parent, please observe, listen and ask what it is they really need.

4. Before the death of a senior’s beloved pet, help them plan how they will intern it.  Where they want to bury it, do they want to have a special tribute made, or do they want to have some of the ashes placed in a special Pet Memorial Jewelry urn they can wear around their neck to keep their beloved pet close to their heart after the loss.

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11:28 4 January 2010

Go Ahead, It’s Okay to Grieve

Homeward Bound Keepsake urn

At some point every human being will lose someone they love and will enter into grieving.  It is a very normal, necessary process.  It doesn’t matter if the loved one is a child, spouse, dear friend, or even a 4-legged beloved companion animal, the grief is still very real.

While it may be tempting to  deny grieving to avoid the pain, it is much healthier to accept these feelings as normal and to work through them in an intentional way.  The following are steps you can take to work through the pain of grieving and get on with the next phase of your life:

1. Learn to accept that your loss is real.   Accept that your loved one is really gone.
2. Make it Okay to feel the pain.  This pain can be both physical and emotional.  Denying this pain will only prolong your grieving.
3. Adjust to your new life without your loved one.  Include new people and activities to help fill the void left by the loss.
4. Find a safe place in your heart for your loved one and move on.  Learn to cherish a memory without letting it control you.  The place you decide to keep your memories is up to you.  You can tuck your loved one into your heart, keep a box of photos somewhere special, or even carry your loved one’s ashes close to your heart in a beautiful piece of Pet Memorial Jewelry.
5. For many, the hardest part about a loss is knowing what to do with the love you have for your pet.  Remind yourself that you don’t have to stop loving him/her just because they are not with you.  When a memory of your beloved pet  pops up, send a loving
                                                                                                     thought and know that you are loved in return.  You may find comfort in this and can find strength to continue in your journey of life.

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10:52 1 December 2009

Is Cremation Right for My Pet?

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Many people wonder if they should cremate their beloved pet when they pass away.  For some who live in a big city and do not have a yard, burial may not be an option.  They want to have a personal tribute made and do what is best for their pet, but are not sure if cremation is the proper thing to do.

I would suggest talking to your favorite Veterinarian and ask him/her about cremation, and what steps and processes they take during cremation.  Find out how your loved one will be handled, before and after to put your mind at peace.  Becoming informed is usually the best way to make the right decisions.  Especially when it comes to sensitive issues such as this one.

Also,  plan and prepare before your loved one passes to have a Pet Cremation Urn ready for when you need it.  Usually your Vet will carefully place your pet’s ashes in a sealed bag and then in a velvet sack or even a temporary wooden Urn until you can get them home.   Then you can put the ashes  in the Personalized Pet Urn you have chosen to place on your mantle or bedside table.  If you prefer, you can even have your Vet put your pet’s ashes in your Urn.

There are many ways to personally memorialize your pet, and many ways to pay tribute to him/her.  You can have wooden Urns made with a portrait of your loved one on it, or can have your favorite Memorial Poem inscribe on it.  Some Urns have a place where you can insert a photograph of your lost pet.  Or, you can have a name plate inscribed with the name  and dates to place on Onyx or other type of pet urn.

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2:56 24 November 2009

What is Pet Memorial Jewelry?

Heart n Paws keepsake urn

Pet Memorial Jewelry is a term new to some pet owners.   Many people have never considered that a paw- shaped necklace worn by a friend or an aquaintance may be a miniature urn that holds their beloved pet’s ashes.  It could be a locket that contains the photo of the family with the pet,  and inside the tiny locket are the cremains of their lost loved one.  Pet Memorial Jewelry is also commonly referred to as Pet Keepsake Jewelry, or Pet Keepsake Urns.   Like full-sized urns, they carry the ashes of the family pet, but a bit closer to the human heart.  Many Pet Lovers find comfort in having their Pet’s ashes with them at all time, in a necklace around their neck or in a keychain they can take with them.   Some Pet Keepsake Jewelry makers can even whip the pet’s ashes into a miniature glass urn while the glass is being made, so the ashes are actually a part of the Pet Memorial.   Pet Keepsake Jewelry only uses a very tiny amount of  the pet’s ashes, so the owners can also place most of the cremains in a full-sized urn on the mantle or next to their bed. 

When purchasing a Keepsake Urn for your beloved pet, you can find one that is self-loading (one you put the ashes in yourself at home) or others where you send off a small amount of your pet’s ashes in a sealed container (like a film container) and have the urn maker do it for you.  Pet Memorial Jewelry comes in may sizes and shapes so you can find the miniature urn that is right for you and one that fits your pet’s personality.